Yoga Sutra Study

Yoga Sutra Study

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali are the basis of yoga and they are a delightful confluence of philosophy and practice. The insights into human processes that are contained in the Yoga Sutra are fascinating. At Ritambhara, we believe that Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is not meant to be studied academically as a moral compass or rules of human thought and behaviour, but rather as a mirror that helps us see ourselves better and guide our practice.

The Yoga Sutra Study program is a long-term committed study of the four chapters in the Yoga Sutra. We go word by word with each sutra and reflect on our lives using it as a mirror. The course is spread over two years. We take up the study of one chapter every six months over four days and stay with the experience to allow the learning to percolate in us slowly and deeply. Learning to self-reflect through the lens of the Yoga Sutra empowers a life-long journey of self discovery and being able to transform one’s mind from a more disturbed state towards a state of viveka, bringing more lucidity and clarity.

  • The intention of the course is to engage with the sutra, see how one can apply it to one’s own life and discover their own meaning making process.
  • This course is designed to impart the teachings of the Yoga Sutras as taught by Sri T Krishnamacharya, the father of modern yoga.
  • The course involves studying each sutra word-by-word combined with self-reflective work.
  • The course consists of four modules spread over two years, one module for each chapter. Each module is for 4 full days.
  • Yoga Teachers of all traditions, looking to do an in-depth study and deepen their practice and journey.
  • Yoga Practitioners of all traditions, seeking personal growth and taking the next step in their practice and understanding of yoga.
  • Seekers interested in beginning an exploration of the philosophy and practice of yoga.
  • Anyone who is deeply interested and committed to learn Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra in an experiential and authentic manner without any distortions.

Sri Raghu Ananthanarayanan  will be facilitating this study. He is a direct disciple of Sri T Krishnamacharya and has learnt yoga and yoga sutra from him for over 10 years. He is the co-founder of Ritambhara Ashram.


The Yoga Sutra study will happen in four modules spread over 1.5 years.

Module 1: Chapter 2 – February 2020
Module 2: Chapter 1- September 2020
Module 3: Chapter 3- February 2021
Module 4: Chapter 4- September 2021

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